Kudlow: Trump Is 'Seriously Contemplating' Separate Trade Deals with Mexico and Canada

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Steven Mnuchin, Treasury secretary, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in Washington, D.C., March 7, 2018.

"He is very seriously contemplating kind of a shift in the NAFTA negotiations", Larry Kudlow, director of Trump's National Economic Council, said Tuesday on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends".

It's always perilous when the president of the United States decides to deploy his storehouse of information on subjects other than real estate, golf, or beauty pageants. The White House press office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

A senior administration official declined to discuss the specifics of Trump's phone call with Trudeau but acknowledged some of the President's conversations with his foreign counterparts on the subject of trade have been confrontational.

You'd think that as the current occupant of the White House, Trump might have heard about the incident in some detail.

His private meeting with Macron, he said, "will be an opportunity to talk about the relations between Canada and France that are going very well, but also to highlight the challenges that we are going to have around the G7 table, and to make sure we are aligned".

This isn't the first time Mexico employed a similar trade tactic to try to extract concessions from the US.

Kudlow added that China has yet to cooperate and has failed to provide solutions, creating an imbalance of trading conditions.

Trump has since mused about replacing NAFTA with bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico - an idea Trudeau said Wednesday is not on.

"Escalating trade tensions that have resulted in today's tariffs put that growth at risk", she said.

In particular, China has shown willingness to step up purchases of United States goods including crude oil, coal and farm products, according to the people briefed on the talks. Twenty percent of the poll's participants stated they didn't know or had no opinion on the subject.

Officials in Brussels, who are leading the member states' response, said nations had given broad support for a plan to set duties on €2.8bn (£2.5bn) of U.S. exports.

"I regard this as much like a family quarrel", Kudlow said.

Additionally, Trump has griped periodically both about German Chancellor Angela Merkel - largely because they disagree on many issues and have had an uneasy rapport - as well as British Prime Minister Theresa May, whom he sees as too politically correct, advisers say.

"Typically", Conley said in an email, US foreign policy views an alliance "as an amplification of American power and strength".

Xi's government is open to entering into legal contracts to obtain about an additional US$25 billion in goods from the USA this year, according to the people. When then-prime minister Stephen Harper in 2011 said USA approval of the Keystone XL pipeline - which then-president Barack Obama was refusing to do - was a "no-brainer", the White House considered the remark beyond the pale. Last year, he set off a furor in South Korea by declaring that the country needed to cover the $1-billion cost of a missile defence system the US was installing in the country.